The Kansas State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory and College of Veterinary Medicine are looking for cow-calf producers to participate in a study on the prevalence bovine anaplasmosis in the state’s cowherds. Kansas veterinary practitioners will be calling on clients to take part in the study. The targeted sampling period will be October 1, 2016, through January 31, 2017.
As part of the study, blood samples will be collected on 16,100 adult cattle from 1,610 Kansas cow-calf operations. The samples will be stored for future use in discovering the prevalence of other diseases including bovine viral diarrhea, Johne’s disease and bovine leucosis.
Studies have assessed anaplasmosis prevalence in other states, but not in Kansas. An increase in the number of positive cases in Kansas identified by the K-State Diagnostic Lab from 2013 to 2015 suggests rising awareness among veterinarians and producers and/or an elevated prevalence of the disease.
Anaplasmosis is a blood disease that causes sudden death, abortion, weight loss and performance reductions. Animals that become infected and survive become lifelong carriers that show few or no symptoms and serve as a source of infection to the rest of the herd.
According to K-State veterinarians, understanding anaplasmosis prevalence and management factors contributing to its presence will be important for creating disease prevention plans. Questions on the study or the disease can be directed to K-State’s Gregg Hanzlicek at (785) 532-4853 or email@example.com.